Ontario's power generator ending plan to store nuclear waste

Nuclear

A controversial plan to store hazardous nuclear waste deep underground near the Lake Huron shoreline has been formally put to rest.

The plan had been in the works for more than 15 years.

But in a recent letter to the federal environment minister, Ontario's publicly owned power generator says it no longer wishes to proceed with the estimated 2.4 billion dollar project.

In response, federal Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson says he accepts the request, and has terminated the ongoing assessment.

The project had called for the storage of hundreds of thousands of cubic metres of radioactive waste 680 metres underground.

The bunker was to have been built at the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station near Kincardine.

While Kincardine had been a ``willing host,'' the plan drew fierce opposition from environmentalists and hundreds of communities on both sides of the Canada-U-S border.

Opponents argued the threat to drinking water was too great.